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Report: Could Nick Caserio leave Pats, pursue Giants GM job?

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Nick Caserio's recent contract extension apparently won't stop another offseason of speculation about his New England exit.

Caserio reportedly signed an extension in February 2020 to stay on as the Patriots' director of player personnel. According to ESPN's Dan Graziano and Jeremy Fowler, however, Caserio's contract allows him to leave New England "whenever he wants to."

It seems there may be a job opening for him, too: Graziano and Fowler listed Caserio among the potential candidates they're "hearing" could replace Dave Gettleman as the New York Giants' general manager next offseason.

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The Giants are an intriguing fit for Caserio, who worked with New York's current head coach, Joe Judge, for eight seasons in New England. Judge is the Giants' fifth coach in the last five years, so if New York is seeking some continuity, it could pair the head coach with a familiar face.

Graziano and Fowler also hinted that the Houston Texans -- led by former Patriots executive Jack Easterby -- could target Nick Caserio and Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels for their general manager and head coach openings after firing Bill O'Brien.

Caserio has been pursued before to no avail, however -- New England rebuffed Houston's advances during the 2019 offseason -- and is in his 19th year with Bill Belichick and the Patriots, so it may take a lot to pry him out of Foxboro.